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Fedcap Direct Support Professional in Rochester, New York

We are hiring in Rochester, NY! Join us at Easterseals NY for an exciting career as a Direct Care Associate.

Mission: Easterseals New York's mission is to spread help, hope and answers-

Easterseals is a standard-bearer for creating equity and access for people with disabilities and other barriers to long term self-sufficiency. For 100 years, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for people and families living with disabilities. Throughout all life's moments -- from the extraordinary to the ordinary and everything in between -- Easterseals is here to help people and families realize and reach for their full potential.

Job Title: Direct Care Associate

Location: Rochester, NY

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Position Type: Full-time

Position Sumary:

Direct Care Associates assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their community residential home with everyday tasks such as housekeeping, meal preparation, attending appointments and taking them to recreational/social activities and ensure proper supervision levels are maintained. Depending on the needs of the residents, these support professionals may also administer medications, implement a behavioral management plan, and maintain medical records.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide direct supervision to individuals in accordance with the treatment plan.
  • Demonstrate competencies in the following areas: Data tracking, role modeling of daily living skills, progress note writing, and Behavioral Interventions, (NH & NY Programs).
  • Facilitate individual's independence in community/centered-based activities, job tasks or in residential activities.
  • Facilitate the development of appropriate social skills and encourage the establishment of social relationships.
  • Develop and coordinate schedules, which reflect integrated opportunities for individuals, geared toward increasing independence, community access and awareness.
  • Assist in development and revision of training plans, ISP objectives and fading plans, (NH & NY Programs).
  • Implement approved training and fading plans, ISP objectives and behavior plans, (NH & NY Programs).
  • Observe behavior, skill levels, areas of interest etc. to provide objective information and formulate data based recommendations.
  • Assure quality control standards in accordance with employer and volunteer expectations as applicable.
  • Provide positive role modeling for individuals.
  • Maintain documentation and prepare reports as required according to approved formats and designated timelines.
  • Maintain documentation and authorization for dispensing medication as applicable.
  • Transport individuals to and from program activities and or appointments in personal vehicle and/or agency van.
  • Provide training in related skills i.e., self-care skills, money management, cooking, social interactions, transportation systems, etc. as approved by the treatment team.
  • Provide services to individuals with varied behavior issues, which may include physical aggression, verbal assault, inappropriate sexual comments, gestures and/or acts.
  • Assist individual with personal care needs when necessary.
  • Communicate pertinent information with the team and support system to allow the individual to receive the maximal benefit from the services offered.
  • Demonstrate appropriate judgement and understanding of client safety while supporting individuals.
  • Follow through with supervisory requests and seek supervision when unclear about expectations.
  • Perform and/or assist with routine household task including meal preparation, housekeeping and outdoor maintenance as applicable.
  • Participate in available training opportunities geared toward expanding knowledge of treatment methods. Twenty hours of training is required per year.
  • Follow all policies and procedures as outlined by the department and agency.
  • Perform additional duties as requested to fulfill the Agency mission.

Education and Experience:

  • High School education or GED required.
  • Two (2) years' work experience preferred.
  • Commitment to providing high quality services to individuals with disabilities in community and residential settings.
  • Able to be medication certified
  • Able to work flexible hours including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Valid driver's license for use in regular transportation of program participants.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

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